Wednesday, December 13, 2006

E-learning to replace teachers?

Redefining e-learning rules appears interesting. What it actually achieves is perhaps a different story. In Vietnam the National University has announced that it is going to arrest the paucity of teachers through e-learning. The vice director of National University believes that e-learning can enable the university educationh system in the country to produce 20,000 doctors and 1.8 million graduates.

E-learning surely will help Vietam meet its paucity of teachers and facilities but what concerns me is the way e-learning will replace the need of teachers for medical education. As far as my knowledge goes you cannot replace medical teachers with e-learning. If it were possible we would have witnessed a new breed of medics around the world -- e-doctors.


SK said...

e-learning cannor replace teachers.

Sneha said...

Hey teachers cannot be replaced. Had we been educated through e-learning we would have ended up setting up some grocery shop in a decripit location in a shade corner of the country.

Anonymous said...

Incorporating the E-learning process in our curriculum can be difficult to fathom, if one has not gone through this kind of learning process. I am presently taking an on-line course (in Chemistry) as well as an education class that is based on understanding the premise of e- learning. In my Chemistry class, I have studied the material provided on the Internet, and have been doing my assignments and quizzes on-line, thus, not only have I not had any face-to-face interaction with my teacher, there has also been a zero interaction level with my Chemistry teacher. My education course, on the other hand, has presented me with many obstacles to submitting my assignments on-line, even though the course is predominately a regular, traditional, in-class course.

It is to my opinion that the e-learning experience placed me in a simulated virtual environment that feels more real than the normal classroom setting. As my teacher, Bryn would say “e-learning environment provides a learner-centered and constructivist modes of learning, which has the potential to assist learners to plan for and cope with significant changes in lifestyles and workplaces” (Bryn, 31). I believe this to be true in my case.

I can easily argue the case of blending learning, the incorporation of e-learning and traditional learning styles, as a reliable solution to the emergence of e-learning into our classroom environment. Yet, my position on this issue constantly changes, for I truly believe that e-learning may hinder or promote higher learning, depending on the subject at hand.

I look forward to hearing other opinions on this matter.

Dalvir Grewal
Concordian Student
EDUC 405/4

Anonymous said...

No ways a technology can replace a human teacher. E-learning is a substitute to absence of facility i.e if a student misses a lecture he/she can refer it in future and can get access to them from any place any time if the technology supports the facility.......

Dr.Neelesh Bhandari said...

elearning is not to replace teachers,,but to empower students.
It is not a subsitute but an addition. AND we will soon have e-medicos!

Anonymous said...

Its like textbooks replacing teachers. The content can be got anywhere. Teachers mould student's life, which a textbook or technology cannot do.